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Nov. 19, 2013IA |  By: INS/Roush

Farm Bill Key

There is a growing problem with nutrients in drinking water sources in Iowa, but there are hopes that some solutions will flow out of the Farm Bill under debate in Congress.

Linda Kinman with Des Moines Water Works says there's been an increase in nitrates in water sources for decades, and this past summer both the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers hit their highest levels on record; and the cost of water treatment reached nearly a million dollars.

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Kinman says they now have the world's largest nitrate removal facility and also use off-river storage in ponds and old quarries, and while those strategies are helping, she says strong conservation policies via the Farm Bill are needed to address excess nutrients in the water.